By Islamuddin Sajid
ISLAMABAD (AA) - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday offered his condolences to Turkey over the lives claimed by the new coronavirus.
A statement issued by the prime minister’s office said Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding support and solidarity with Turkey, including in Turkey’s efforts to combat the pandemic, during a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The two leaders agreed that Pakistan and Turkey must work together and reinforce each other’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19,” the statement added.
Khan also conveyed his thanks to Erdogan for the Turkish government’s facilitation of stranded Pakistanis in the aftermath of suspension of flights.
Turkey on Tuesday confirmed 725 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The total number of confirmed cases surged past 34,000, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a news conference in the capital Ankara.
- Global situation
After originating in Wuhan, China last December, the COVID-19 virus has spread to at least 184 countries and regions across the world, with its epicenter shifting to Europe, while China has largely come out of the crisis.
The virus infected over 1.38 million people worldwide, while some 293,000 people recovered from the disease, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. Over 78,200 have died.
Despite the rising number of cases, most people who get infected suffer only mild symptoms and make a recovery.